Pheu Thai Party ex-MPs will be flying to Singapore this weekend to meet the two Shinawatra ex-premiers to discuss the party’s election strategy.
While Thaksin Shinawatra told the Japanese media earlier that Pheu Thai would gain a landslide electoral victory, the party would reportedly have to reset its strategy following the junta’s absorbance of politicians from various blocs.
The party also faces a plunging number of members following the junta’s requirements for them to verify their memberships within April only.
According to a source from the security agency, Thaksin’s appearance to the party members is also expected to yield marketing benefits to the party and boost trust.
Visiting Pheu Thai figures would include Yingluck Shinawatra’s ex-deputy Chalerm Yubanrung, ex-minister Worawat Auapinyakul and the party’s acting deputy leader Kirang Kantinan, according to the party source.
“The junta’s attraction to politicians is what they might be discussing,” said ex-Pheu Thai MP Samart Kaewmeechai. “They will also be seeking for the new party’s leader though it should not be urgent.”
Samart said possible candidates, ex-ministers Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan and Chadchart Sittipunt, could all lead the party.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, meanwhile, said that ex-MPs attending the meeting would not break the law given that the junta’s order, which banned certain groups from travelling outside Thailand, was already revoked.
However, Election Commission president Supachai Somcharoen warned that allowing outsiders, who are neither on the party’s board nor members, to guide the party would result in it being dissolved and candidates being barred from contesting the election.